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February 6, 2014 9:47 PM
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Actor Eric Bogosian speaks during a candlelight vigil for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in the courtyard of the Bank Street Theater.
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While three of four people arrested amid the investigation of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death were arraigned on drug charges, the New York theater community mourned the actor with a dimming of Broadway's marquee lights and a candlelight vigil, People reports.
The vigil Wednesday night was held outside the 90-seat home of the LAByrinth Theater Company, where Hoffman had long been a member. And at 7:45 p.m., Broadway's lights turned off for a minute.
"We come together tonight in a spirit of terrible mourning and incredible loss," the Rev. Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest and LAByrinth member, told the crowd of about 200 people who stood in a chilly drizzle. "But we also come together to celebrate a remarkable life."
"Courage was his forte, always," said playwright and actor Eric Bogosian, a longtime LAByrinth collaborator. "Phil set his bar on the highest rung, on a rung above the highest rung. He pushed himself relentlessly until finally his efforts virtually redefined the very endeavor we call acting. That's what he wanted. He wanted to rock the world."
As Broadway lamented, the criminal justice system quickly acted with arrests that came just days into the high-profile case, reflecting the attention and urgency it has attracted. At least one of those arrested during the probe into Hoffman's suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor's cell phone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Investigators zeroed in on the four after a tipster, responding to publicity about Hoffman's death, told police he had seen Hoffman at the lower Manhattan apartment building where they were arrested on Tuesday and he believed that's where Hoffman got the heroin, the officials said. In searches of two apartments in the building, police found hundreds of packets of heroin in one of them, according to a criminal complaint.
But prosecutors declined to pursue charges against one of the four, saying there was no evidence that he had control of the drugs or the apartment in which they were found, and two of the others were charged only with a misdemeanor charge of possessing cocaine, not heroin. Only one, jazz musician Robert Vineberg, was facing a felony charge of heroin possession with intent to sell.
Lawyers for the three people charged vigorously denied their clients had any role in Hoffman's death and suggested they were being swept up in a maelstrom of attention surrounding the actor's demise.
Did "The Biggest Loser" lose too much? That's what fans are asking after the NBC reality show crowned its newest champion, E! News reports.
Rachel Frederickson, a 24-year-old voiceover artist, became "The Biggest Loser" and won $250,000 during Tuesday's live season 15 finale. The 5-feet-4 Frederickson started the show at 260 pounds and lost 155 pounds, now weighing 105 pounds and wearing a size 0/2. She lost 59.62 percent of her body weight. Viewers took to Twitter to express concern over Frederickson's drastic weight loss. Some even pointed out she's underweight for a woman of her age and size.
"I know it's the biggest loser, but Rachel does NOT look healthy. She looked better @ the end of last episode," @maseorama said with a photo of Rachel attached.
"#BLFinale rachel went too far. horrible message being sent by her and the biggest loser show," @ky_ry23 tweeted.
"Am I the only one watching Biggest Loser finale & think poor Rachel looks sick?" @MsDelaney tweeted.
However, there were fans who wished the reality winner well and called her an inspiration. NBC declined to comment.
"I'm at the maintenance point now so I need to find some balance and make sure I work out and I eat healthy and make good choices 90 percent of the time," Frederickson said on NBC's "Today" after the finale. "I'm not sure [I'll maintain this weight], but I plan to try new exercises and just continue on this path and see where that takes me."
The man who was instrumental in helping her shed her weight -- trainer Dolvett Quince -- is weighing in on the controversy, People reports.
"[Tuesday] night's 'Biggest Loser Finale' has sparked a huge reaction, and I do not want the day to end without addressing it," Quince wrote in a Facebook message posted Wednesday night.
" 'Biggest Loser' is a journey which has its ups and downs. Please try not to look at one slice of Rachel's journey and come to broad conclusions. Rachel's health is and always has been my main concern and her journey to good health has not yet ended!"
And after their shocked reactions to Frederickson's weight loss garnered fans' attention, trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper both weighed in on the controversy.
Michaels' rep told E! News, "Jillian Michaels will not comment on Rachel's journey as she was not her trainer. She is celebrating the at-home win of her contestant, Tumi. Any questions about any of the other contestants on the 'Biggest Loser' should be directed to the show's producers."
Harper, meanwhile, wrote on his Twitter account, "Jillian and I want to take a moment to congratulate all of the 'BL' contestants on their hard work. We're not comfortable commenting on Rachel's journey because we weren't her trainers and weren't given an opportunity to work with her at any point."
The latest Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie sequel is being described as powerful and elegant with a "mouthwatering finish," The Associated Press reports.
These raves don't appear in movie publications -- they're from Decanter magazine's review of the celebrity couple's second vintage of rose wine produced at their French Provencal estate, Chateau Miraval.
The 2013 Miraval goes on sale online today and will be in shops and restaurants around the world next month. Decanter describes the Cotes de Provence rose as "charmingly pretty in color" with "a delicate structure that deepens through the palate."
The 2012 vintage, Pitt's and Jolie's first since buying the 500-hectare (1,200-acre) estate, was the highest-ranked rose on Wine Spectator's annual Top 100 wines list.
About 200,000 bottles of the '13 will be sold for about 15 euros ($20) each.
Before he sings at the Oscars, Pharrell Williams will perform at the NBA All-Star Game, the AP reports.
NBA announced Thursday that the producer-rapper-singer will perform Feb. 16 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Williams will open the game and perform during the player introductions with surprise guests.
The game's halftime performance will feature Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Earth, Wind and Fire, Janelle Monae and Dr. John.
Recent Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr. will sing the national anthem and also perform during the halftime show. Folk-rock singer Serena Ryder will sing the Canadian national anthem.
The All-Star game will air live on TNT. Kendrick Lamar will perform before the slam dunk contest the day before the big game.
Elizabeth Hurley, 48, isn't letting a made-up scandal -- specifically a phony affair with President Bill Clinton -- keep her down, E! News reports.
The day after she slammed the reports and denied the "ludicrously silly" allegations on Twitter, the "Austin Powers" actress stepped out on Thursday morning in London to meet up with a friend.
Tom Sizemore, who dated Hurley for three years and is known for his roles in "Saving Private Ryan" and "Black Hawk Down," allegedly recapped a fictional tryst between the former commander in chief and the English model on tape. He later recanted the story, saying he made up the whole thing when he was on drugs.
"I've never met former President Clinton, I've never known him to know Ms. Hurley," the actor said during an appearance on HuffPost Live on Wednesday.
"I'm not denying that I said these things," he clarified. "I don't remember saying them, but it's an old video tape, and they're the rantings of a guy ... it's been well-chronicled that I had a very severe drug problem."
Radar claims the reported audio was recorded in January 2014. Sizemore, who states he's been sober since 2009, said Wednesday he has not heard the tape but believes it comes from a "very old" tape.
In a recording reportedly obtained by Radar, Sizemore claims to have arranged a secret rendezvous between Clinton and Hurley, after meeting the then-president at a 1998 screening of "Saving Private Ryan" at the White House.
Per the recording, this made-up meeting resulted in a yearlong affair that ended when Clinton said, "I don't do love and I'm beginning to think I might love you."